That's right, the potential Republican Potentate is an AMC muscle car; according to the Secret Service, anyway. The Republican race for the presidential nomination is getting serious, and National Public Radio reports that the the Secret Service is stepping in to offer its protective services to the potential nominees. When this happens, code names are given to the protectees; for example, President Reagan was called "Rawhide" by those watching out for him. Mitt's new Secret Service handle? Javelin.

The candidates are presented with the list of potential security handles, and Romney apparently thought a nod to the car company his old man ran suited him just fine. Does it say something about the way he sees himself? Kenosha, Wisconsin-based American Motors Corporation was ever the cash-strapped scrapper; a bit of a contrast from Romney's well-funded election machine, but he won't be the first person to romanticize the last independent.

The biggest question we have is which one he thinks he is? A Javelin SST with the optional Go-Pack would indicate he thinks he's a serious performer, while a Pierre Cardin edition might match up more with the tastes of a man accustomed to the finer things. In any case, it will be hard to look at a Javelin from now on and not see Mitt's well-coiffed, perfect-teeth grin.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      I always liked Javelins. They're just the right size.
      Paul B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oops, just saw the reference upon a re-read. Disregard my prior comment, please!
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Romney makes me sick! Support the American automobile industry. OBAMA 2012!!!
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Wow, you're creative. What did you steal that incredible piece from a bumper sticker? I am not a big Romney fan, or the Republican Party for that matter, but some of you Obamabots are quite a trip with the hypocrisy you display.
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the republican pukes have nothing to run on, they just wave their bibles in the air, attack women and start shooting young black men carrying skittles. AB is in the toilet. The comments are almost always anti-union, anti-middle class and anti-Obama BS. They can't defend Romney and his middle class hating beliefs, they just start down voting everyone for telling them the truth. Support the American automobile industry. OBAMA 2012!!!
        Richard Goebel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Ed, as it gets closer to election time, more people are going to really look at the Republicans vs Obama, and see where Republicans really stand. Unless your a millionaire, you have to vote Democratic. As anyone can see, Republican candidates are against minimum wage, unions, and health care. This must be why republican candidates want to see American automakers fail. I`m with you Ed, OBAMA 2012! Support OUR American automakers!
          TrueDat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard Goebel
          yes... republicans are against health care, which is exactly why Mitt gave it to EVERYONE in his state. note: 10 million people will still be without coverage under obamacare
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        You want to talk about attacks on women? Really? Let's talk about how some of those "tolerant" liberals treated Sarah Palin. I heard more than my fair share of liberals refer to her as a "MILF". Were those not attacks against a woman?
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          It wasn't liberals calling her a milf. It was the Rush's of the world.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Palin was a woman? Or were they attacking the fact that she was a thoughtless idiot? Even the most cellphone obsessed 14 year old girl can tell the last magazine they read. BTW buddy Palin IS a MILF. And if the "F" in MILF is an attack, so be it :) She'd enjoy it.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Sorry Zoom, I saw it with my own two eyes. She was speaking in downtown Asheville, NC, and of course there were a bunch of loud mouths calling her names, including MILF. They even held up signs with the phrase. I kid you not. They were some of the most unpleasant people I ever came across.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          @CBJMNWLD Congratulations, you've proven my point. I like how some of you can make such ignorant comments, and then turn around and call someone else an idiot. It's obvious to me that you are full of hate, so tell me, what is the difference between hating someone because of their race and hating someone for their beliefs?
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        You're spot on.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        You hit class warfare nail on the head. When you need to scare people, this is that tactic you use. The Rs are great at it.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ed
        What you fail to realize is that there are religious groups that identify more with the Democratic Party. Jews and Catholics have traditionally leaned Democrat. There was even a time when southern Baptists did as well. Have you ever heard of "The Solid South"? I still know of many here who identify as staunch conservative Democrats. That said, most who identify with either party are not all that different. There are radicals and haters on both sides. You prove that with your hate filled rants.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
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        Richard Goebel
        • 2 Years Ago
        President Obama proved that he stands with American companies, workers, and the middle class. Republicans have nothing better to do, than try to destroy American ingenuity and progress, (the Volt). Obama supports American General Motors, republicans shill for Asia.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard Goebel
          You know, the auto bailouts actually started under the Bush Administration, not Obama. As for Republicans "shilling for Asia"? What about all of those folks in the really liberal parts of the country such as the North East and West Coast who tend to prefer European and Asian makes to domestic ones? Even where I live, most of the Obama stickers I see are on the backs of Toyotas, Hondas, Mercedes, and Volvos. Does that not seem just a tad ironic to you?
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard Goebel
          Don't bother bringing facts to AutoBlog, or you will get down voted to oblivion. Everything I said here is spot on, you I have 9 down votes. You gotta love ignorance...
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "corporations are people, my friend" - Mitt That should tell you the disaster it would be for the middle class if he ever got in the White House.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I can't tell if people are disgusted by that disasterous supreme court ruling and voting it down, or if they're voting down Mitt.
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        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        yup.. disagreeing with the president and his policies is racist.. asshat. there isn't one event remotely racist comment on here.. for the record, i'm an independent too. but why do i get the feeling that doesn't mean ****?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
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        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        You all need to find some new material, and get over all of this race bating BS. It's getting really old, and he's not even that "Black". You want to cry racism, look at how the Left treated Herman Cain, a black man.
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      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing that im not a religious freak or a woman hater or a corporate ***** ill be voting Obama.
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        @darkness
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        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        So anyone who doesn't support Obama is a religious freak, a woman hater, and a corporate whatever? I just love how some of you folks on the left can make such ignorant statements and then claim to be the educated and tolerant bunch. Now, can you tell me what the difference is between a "religious freak" and someone like yourself who makes blind assumptions about people who don't share his views?
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        I'll be voting whoever runs against him. Your vote just got canceled.
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          Carlos Cruz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          @TOYOTA RECALL Hey now, I hate Romney and the rest of the clown car as much as the next guy, but you do realize that this is bigger than GM? For starters, with the exemption of a few select vehicles (Volt?), there is nothing on GM's, Ford's, or Chrysler's line that gets my attention, does this make me like Obama any less? No. I do understand that the big 3 have a big economic impact in the US, they have a void to fill here at home. However, name calling everyone that does not share your exact views even slightly is something that should really be left for to the experts. People like Rush Limbaugh, who single handedly championed the method of making matters worse, and making an emphasis on his flawed view, all while failing at a basic apology. A better approach to this would be to make your case in a nice way to the people in the center, since the people in the right live in an impermeable bubble that does not allow facts to penetrate. You can see how good the bubble is at keeping facts out in Bill Maher's HBO show. FYI, I noticed that you really hate Toyota, however, have you realized that not only does Toyota have major manufacturing facilities in the US, but they also have partnerships with US companies, including, but not limited to GM and Ford?
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      BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great name for a guy that would make a *****y president. Romany is one of the minds that brought down the American auto industry, not Obama. If we let this morons and the other anti working class republican ****s get into office, we will surely see the end of the American automobile, see jobs sent overseas and be forced in to Japanese and Korean made junk.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
        I thought you liberals were so tolerant. You say "Buy American Made", and then you go on to support people who make it more difficult for companies to do business here, and move operations over seas as a result. Spoken like a true hypocrite!!
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          rstonnerdd
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Debbie Wasserman Schultz and foreign cars . . . I think this speaks volumes regarding some politians and their choice in cars. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2011/05/debbie-wasserman-schultz-and-foreign-cars-.html
        Carlos Cruz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
        "in to Japanese and Korean made junk" I'm sure you meant Chinese..... There is a reason that Apple is letting the Japanese and Chinese develop the components for their devices.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Javelin was a great looking car. Maybe Dick Teagues best effort. "Let the Hunger Games begin" exclaims Bain Capital's Mitt Romney!
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